Jewish 100, 2015: Ivanka Trump – Voices
Executive Vice President of Development & Acquisitions at the Trump Organization
As the daughter of Republican front-runner Donald Trump, business leader Ivanka Trump is used to being in the spotlight. Yet as an Orthodox Jew, she has widely touted the importance of Shabbat, when she and her family take a step back from their public lives.
“From Friday to Saturday we don’t do anything but hang out with one another. We don’t make phone calls,” said Trump, who is married to real estate mogul Jared Kushner. “It’s an amazing thing when you’re so connected to really sign off. And for [my daughter] Arabella to know that she has me, undivided one day a week? We don’t do anything except play with each other, hang out with one another, go on walks together. Pure family.”
Kushner said his spouse learned to cook so she could make Shabbat meals. He said, “for Friday, she’ll make dinner for just the two of us, and we turn off our phones for 25 hours.”
Ivanka Trump added, “I really find that with Judaism, it creates an amazing blueprint for family connectivity.”